What’s next after 40 years of the wrap dress, bags, books and reality TV? A fashion jewellery line. Diane von Furstenberg tells Female about her creative approach. 

Diane Von Furstenberg Is Launching A Jewellery Line 2Then and now, DVF’s approach has always been eclectic and bold. 


HER TAKE ON WEARING JEWELLERY 

“I have a lot of eclectic pieces. Some are vintage, while others are my own designs, or things I collect on my travels. I love to wear them all together. I love big, bold pieces and do not believe that you have to wear just one. I also love anything Art Deco, and the work of Jennifer Meyer (known for her delicate yet fun aesthetic) and Philip Crangi (his style’s rocker chic), both wonderful jewellers who happen to be my friends.”

COSTUME JEWELLERY IS MORE FUN THAN FINE JEWELLERY
“You can really switch it up and make a statement. You can wear just one bold piece or you can wear them all… It’s really all about having that joie de vivre, and choosing the pieces that reflect who you are and how you feel. My pieces are designed for the DVF woman: She is effortless, sexy and on-the-go, so the jewellery can be worn however she wants. For example, there’s one piece that can be a necklace or belt – it’s up to you.” 

Diane Von Furstenberg Is Launching A Jewellery Line 1Materials used in the debut line include gold- and silver-plated brass accented by leather, agate, coral and turquoise.


FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE COLLECTION 

“The whole line has an ’80s vibe, which I love for its audacity. The pieces also match my clothes. One highlight, for example, are all the necklaces, statement earrings and bracelets made of a knitted chain finish that’s inspired by our silk jersey fabric. Their sexiness and fluidity – they move with the body – is very much reflected in our dresses. The S/S ’15 ready-to-wear (RTW) collection is called Riviera, so I mixed beet-coloured agate, turquoise and coral beads on mesh pieces to evoke a time when the Riviera was a glamorous, colourful place to be in. There are also a lot of great cuffs and statement bangles (to go with) the strong prints and colours in the RTW.”

An adapted version of this story first appeared in Female’s February 2015 issue, out on newsstands now.